NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team returns home for one game on Tuesday night against Hampton University at Gentry Center.
The Tigers (2-5) will play the Pirates (1-5) for just the third time in school history. The last time these two schools met was 1953 when the Tigers won 96-57. This will be the first of two games between the two schools during the month of December.
TSU is coming off of a weekend in which they dropped a pair of games at the Barclay’s Classic to Saint Francis of Brooklyn and host Saint Peter’s. In both games, their opponents had 20 more free throw attempts, each game, than the Tigers.
In Saturday’s game, the Tigers had an opportunity at the buzzer, but Jay Harris’ shot fell short. He was forced to attempt it from an odd angle, slightly behind the back board from the far corner of the court.
Harris scored 15 points on the game, 10 of which came in the second half.
Hampton comes into the game off a loss to American 60-64. The Pirates had a one point lead with a minute and a half left, but a layup and successful free throw attempt by Pee Wee Gardner put American up 62-60 with .20 left. Two free throws by the Eagles with a second left on the clock made up the final margin.
Three Pirates average 11 points or more on the year. Quinton Chievous (12.7 points per game), Brian Darden (11.5 points per game), and Dwight Meikle (11.2 points per game) have paced Hampton on offense so far this year.
Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Gentry Center. Tuesday night will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation night. All TSU faculty and staff will gain free admission with their TSU ID.